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The National Eye Institute Selects ON Technology Solution
to Manage PC Applications and Security Compliance

National Institutes of Health Organization Chooses ON Command CCM® to Provide Robust and Reliable Deployment of Security Patches & Applications While Reducing IT Personnel Costs

Waltham, MA (June 6, 2002)- - ON Technology (NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, today announced that the National Eye Institute has selected ON Command CCM to manage its network of scientific workstations distributed across five buildings in Washington, DC. The National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research that prevents and treats eye diseases and other vision disorders. The NEI installation is in addition to several existing installations of ON Command CCM within the federal government, including the National Library of Medicine, Nellis Air Force Base, Luke Air Force Base, the Missile Defense Agency, and the USAF Air Mobile Command.

ON Command CCM will provide a robust management infrastructure for instantaneously deploying security patches and updates to all of the Institute's workstations. According to Network World magazine, Microsoft has issued 20 security and hot-fix patches -- such as the Nimda and Code Red patches -- in the first four months of 2002 alone, accentuating the need for automated management tools such as ON Command CCM. ON Command CCM's centralized, automated, and push-based approach eliminates the need for the Institute to physically send IT technicians to each workstation to perform critical software updates, thus minimizing IT costs and ensuring a secure and reliable computing infrastructure. ON Command CCM will also be used to generate management reports that document the real-time status of all workstations with respect to their security compliance.

In addition, ON's unique solution will be used to deploy and manage over 50 applications used by the organization's scientists and administrators, including office productivity applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Office as well as Oracle database and statistical analysis programs. The NEI expects to maximize the productivity of its scientists by leveraging ON's unattended "lights-out" operation, by which updates are deployed at off-hours -- even to machines that have been turned off. ON's add-on inventory solution will be used for hardware and software asset management, software usage monitoring and license compliance, while ON Command Remote will be used for Help Desk troubleshooting and support.

According to NEI, the Institute investigated competitive solutions but chose ON Command CCM because of its superior robustness and comprehensive functionality. The Institute's management recognized they simply could not afford to hire ever-increasing numbers of technicians to handle the ongoing need for mission-critical security updates via traditional "sneakernet". In addition, they felt the problem would only be compounded by the future growth of new computing devices such as wireless PDAs and other mobile devices.

NEI is also planning to use ON Command CCM to automate the Institute's migration to Windows XP. In addition to performing unattended installs of the operating system and all applications, ON's intelligent agent will also be used to automatically disable potential XP security holes such as instant messaging.

Unlike conventional management solutions from vendors such as Marimba and Novadigm, ON Command CCM is the only enterprise-class system that offers full lifecycle management, including unattended operating system installations and one-click disaster recovery. ON Command CCM also allows distributed enterprises like NEI to easily manage all of its users from a single centralized console, including both LAN-connected users on its main campus as well as remote and mobile users.

Robert L Doretti, Chairman, CEO and President of ON Technology said, "Once again, we are pleased to have been selected by the federal government to develop a unique solution for the needs of the NEI. At a time when security and integrity of data is more important than ever, our products will allow the NEI to deploy not only critical security patches, but Windows XP as well. And, of course, our solution accomplishes these tasks remotely, resulting in a reduction of IT costs."

About the National Eye Institute
Established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people, the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how the eye functions in health and disease.

Vision research is supported by the NEI through approximately 1600 research grants and training awards made to scientists at more than 250 medical centers, hospitals, universities, and other institutions across the country and around the world. The NEI also conducts laboratory and patient-oriented research at its own facilities located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Additional information about the NIH can be found at

About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at or call 800-767-6638.


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